On March 16, 2020, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James declared a State of Emergency to prepare for and respond to the threat of COVID-19.
For several weeks, Mayor James—along with the City’s Emergency manager and Administration-- has coordinated the monitoring, preparations and communications in regard to COVID-19. City staff have been preparing for a potential increase in demand for services, especially regarding public safety/health.
The City previously cancelled large gatherings including Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket and Sunday on the Waterfront through the end of March. The City also worked with producers of large-scale events to postpone, cancel or reschedule their event on City-owned property until further notice.
The State of Emergency declaration gives City administration the ability to establish curfews, implement emergency procurement procedures, make provisions for the availability and use of temporary emergency housing, among other abilities. No curfew has been announced for the City of West Palm Beach.
The City will continue to update residents regularly about closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through the City’s website: https://www.wpb.org/government/mandel-public-library-of-west-palm-beach